Adolescent Definition

ădl-ĕsənt
adolescents
adjective
Developing from childhood to maturity; growing up.
Webster's New World
Of, relating to, or undergoing adolescence.
American Heritage Medicine
Of or characteristic of adolescence; youthful, exuberant, immature, unsettled, etc.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
infantadult
noun
adolescents
A boy or a girl from puberty to adulthood; teenage person.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
infantadult

Other Word Forms of Adolescent

Noun

Singular:
adolescent
Plural:
adolescents

Origin of Adolescent

  • First attested 1482, from Middle French adolescent, from Latin adolescentem, accusative form of adolescens, present participle of adolescere (“to become adult, grow up”), from ad- (“to”) + alescere (“to grow or become nourished”). The adjective first appeared in 1785.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin adolēscēns adolēscent- present participle of adolēscere to grow up ad- ad- alēscere to grow inchoative of alere to nourish al-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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